Summer travel plans are in full swing. For many travelers, it’s a habit to book a suite and save money by cooking meals in the suite’s kitchen. If you’re saving money by preparing your own meals, here are some of the nation’s top farmers’ markets.
Charleston Farmers’ Market in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Farmers’ Market takes place from early April to the end of November. It’s held at Marion Square each Saturday. Not only are there farmers selling their produce, but there are also artisans and food vendors. From Botany Bay Sea Salt’s solar-crafted sea salt to Green Grocer, who sells grass-fed beef, raw milk, and free-range eggs, the variety of food items you’ll find at this farmers’ market is incredible. If you’re looking for specialty gifts, Barbara’s Sweetgrass Products sells handcrafted sweetgrass baskets, Carolina Coaster Company sells marble coasters, and Market Mutts sells hand-knit dog clothes.
Davis Farmers’ Market in Davis, California
Davis Farmers’ Market takes place throughout the year. The Central Park market is open year-round each Saturday and Wednesday, with a Picnic in the Park offered from March through October. On Wednesday, there’s another branch of the farmers’ market held in the Quad from March to June. Finally, there’s the Sutter David Hospital branch held on Thursdays. Find a bit of everything sold by the vendors. In addition to meats, poultry, and seafood, farmers sell a variety of fruits and vegetables. You can by fresh eggs, honey, and fresh flowers, too.
Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington
Having opened in 1907, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest farmers’ market in the nation. It takes up nine acres of space in the city, so you’ll find plenty to buy. While you shop, enjoy live music. One thing to know about Pike Place Market is that there’s far more to buy than foods and local handcrafted goods. Vendors sell antiques, vinyl, books and even magician supplies. The market is open 363 days of the year, 7 days a week.
Eastern Market in Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.’s Eastern Market is broken down into a few different markets. There is the South Hall Market held indoors from Tuesday to Sunday where you can purchase produce, seafood, meats, baked items, crafts, fresh cheeses, and much more from more than 100 vendors. Each Tuesday, there’s an evening market where farmers line up outdoors to sell their items. There’s also the open-air Weekend Farmers’ Line for fresh produce.
St. Paul Farmers’ Market in St. Paul, Minnesota
Live music, fresh strawberries and other types of produce, and herbs are all on the menu at St. Paul Farmers’ Market in St. Paul. The origins of this farmers’ market date back to 1852 when it was housed in a two-story building and sold produce seasonally and baked goods, dairy, and grains throughout the year. It’s moved several times over the years, but it’s still near the original location. There are satellite locations, too. Produce has to be locally grown to be sold in this market, so you’re guaranteed fresh fruits and veggies.
Union Square Greenmarket in New York, City, New York
Held on both the north and west sides of New York City’s Union Square Park, Union Square Greenmarket has stands set up by more than 140 local farmers, fishermen, and bakers. The market is held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to the sales of everything from local produce to maple syrup, you can sign up for a cooking demo, enjoy live music in the beer/cider garden, and play games.
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